Biblical & Theological Foundations of Leadership – CLED 700

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is a study of the biblical and theological foundations of leadership as evidenced within Scripture. Learners examine theological themes and biblical assumptions that directly impact one’s philosophy and practice of leadership. Students learn to think theologically about issues, and concepts drawn from the discipline of leadership.


Enrollment in the School of Divinity EdD in Christian Leadership


Too often leadership has been viewed as either a set of personality traits or an innate power held by a select few. Conversely, Christian leadership is rooted in a biblical and theological acknowledgement that the ability and responsibility to lead others is a direct stewardship from God. As such, an individual’s position of leadership should be used to willingly advance God’s purposes within the life of the leader, those being led, and the organization itself.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Trace and analyze key leadership themes throughout the Scriptures.
  2. Evaluate current leadership trends from a biblical and theological foundation.
  3. Develop a theology of leadership that is grounded in a biblical worldview.
  4. Evaluate personal leadership assumptions and experience from a biblical perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forums (4)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 400 words. These assignments will culminate in a group presentation in the final Group Discussion Board Forum.

Biblical Theology Paper Proposal

The student will present a proposal for the Biblical Theology Paper that identifies the specific topic of the paper, a suggested thesis statement for the paper, and at least 10 sources for the paper. This assignment must be in current APA format.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will complete an Annotated Bibliography with at least 20 sources, including at least 5 articles, for the Biblical Theology Paper. The annotations must demonstrate how the resources are likely to be important to a biblical/theological analysis of your topic or the application of the doctrine to one’s leadership. Each annotation must be 150–200 words and in current APA format.

Book Review

The student will write a 4–6-page book critique in current APA format on the textbook Desiring the Kingdom.

Biblical Theology Paper

The student will write a 12–15-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the biblical and theological foundation of leadership. The paper must include at least 20 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Reflection on Course

The student will write a 3–5-page reflection essay in current APA format. The essay will answer the question “How has this course shaped your thinking in the following 3 areas related to the profile of a servant leader, which are identified by Howell: 1) proven character, 2) doxological motive, and 3) divine agenda?”